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Ramallah to Ask General Assembly for Full Palestinian U.N. Membership: Report


The United Nations General Assembly could vote on Friday for a resolution that would result in the admission of the Palestinian Authority as a full member of the world body, according to a report by Reuters.

The effort comes as the United States vetoed a similar measure last month in the U.N. Security Council. According to the organization’s charter, approval from this committee is required before an application can move forward.

If the proposal passes the 193-member chamber, it will remain to be seen how much status the ‘State of Palestine’ would have since its ascension conflicts with acceptance rules.

Israel’s U.N. representative, Gilad Erdan, said that if the demand passes, he expects "the United States to completely stop funding the U.N. and its institutions, in accordance with American law," citing the legal restrictions on the State Department’s funding of U.N. agencies that allow participants who do not have internationally recognized statehood.

Erdan’s criticism was shared by U.S. spokesperson Nate Evans, who told the news outlet that his mission is “aware of the resolution and reiterate our concerns with any effort to extend certain benefits to entities when there are unresolved questions as to whether the Palestinians currently meet the criteria under the charter."

The report noted that several diplomats believed the Palestinian request was likely to be approved.

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